HEC announced degree attestation reforms

Recently HEC announced that, it will no longer need previous qualifications prior to the current degree for attestation. They will consider the degree on its own merits. This seems to sound like an influential reform but may have its own pros and cons. There are mix reactions from experts, professionals and students on acceptance or rejection of this new change!

HEC degree attestation reforms

In the past, attestation of prior qualifications was a long wrestle for degree holders. For many people with original certificates, it became an issue as any minor flaw would mean that  their current degree will not be verified despite being from recognised institutions.

The flaws could have any reason, it may have been from the awarding institution or the board or even be due to loss of documents. Many long profile cases of highly known individuals have been accused of fake degree claims or unsure results due to the above process. Which may have caused great distress to those with authenticity.

Concerns for doubts

However, there is an issue those with fake qualifications or uncertain ones may get degrees. Which might be a rising problem for the already weak education system.

Ayesha Ikram spokesperson for HEC, said that they are simplifying procedures  and facilitating students. HEC also stated that, they will accredit degrees of only recognized institutions.

Reactions to the HEC new reform

Social Media has hyped up with amazingly positive reviews to the whole scenario, congratulating and appreciating Tariq Banuri (HEC chairperson) “for leading purposeless to purpose education”, as one commenter states.

Furthermore, many have called it a “bold initiative” and a “great step” towards bringing better education. Also many stated that, this will help to resolve a number of issues students are facing. The new reforms will put them at ease of convenience making later processes much easier for certifications.

Certain quarters are calling this new change a pleasant surprise especially for upcoming students.

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Hilal Public School, Martin Dow Campus of Green Crescent Trust (GCT) Inaugurated

In a grand event held earlier today at Mehran Town, Korangi, Martin Dow Group inaugurated the new purpose built Hilal Public School, Martin Dow Campus of Green Crescent Trust (GCT) in the presence of numerous leading businessmen and donors.
Group Chairman Martin Dow Group, Mr. A. Sattar Akhai, Zahid Saeed CEO, Green Crescent Trust along with Dr. Sarosh Hashmat Lodi, VC, NED University, Prof. Dr. Akhtar Baloch, VC, Benazir Shaheed University, Lyari, Mr. Tariq Malik, Chairman KATI and other notables  formally inaugurated the Hilal Public School – Martin Dow Campus.
Speaking at the event Martin Dow Group Chairman, Mr. Jawed Akhai, said “On behalf of Martin Dow Group, which is one of the leading donors of Green Crescent Trust (GCT), I feel honored that our company is a supporting partner of this important event. This new purpose built school is the 6th project of Green Crescent Trust (GCT) in Mehran Town and the 154th in total of Green Crescent Trust’s network based in remote and rural areas of Karachi and interior Sindh. The purpose-built state of the art building is equipped with all mandatory science laboratories and smart classes.”
These six schools cater to the families of labourers and workers who are associated with the industries of Korangi Industrial area.

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IPS, FJWU sign MoU for promotion of policy-oriented research

Aimed at carrying out joint efforts for policy-oriented research, dialogue and publishing projects, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), Rawalpindi and Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.


The MoU signing ceremony was held at FJWU and both the institutions were represented by its respective heads: Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir, Vice Chancellor, FJWU and Khalid Rahman, Executive President/Director General, IPS.

Apart from exploring opportunities of cooperation in aforementioned domains, the MoU also delineated sharing of intellectual resources, co-organizing of workshops, seminars, conferences and capacity building activities, collaboration in offering joint certificate/elective courses, diplomas and degree programs in policy studies, cooperation in conducting joint researches and supervision of dissertations, sharing of publications to promote policy-oriented work, and provision of internship opportunities to students of FJWU in social sciences and disciplines relevant to policy studies, as some of the mutual interest areas between the two institutions.

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Pakistani universities come closer on achieving SDGs

Highlighting the 2030 UN agenda with its universal dimensions pertaining to economy, society and environment as well as global cooperation efforts in this regards, speakers at a seminar of Comsats focused on the vibrant role of universities in achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) especially through producing good human resource.

The one-day seminar titled ‘Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of Universities’, held in Islamabad on Monday, was the first of its kind event of the Comsats’ alignment of its strategies towards SDGs in its Member States.

For Pakistan, Comsats (Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South) partnered with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

Vice Chancellors and other senior officials from around a 100 universities from across the country gathered at the event. The purpose of the seminar was to raise awareness in the academia and research organizations on the promotion, advocacy and implementation of SDGs.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Comsats Executive Director, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, highlighted the importance of UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development across the globe.

He explained that more than 80 per cent world population lives in developing countries, where challenges particularly food insecurity, epidemics, inequality and climate change are prevalent posing a serious threat to the sustainable development.

“One of the main reasons of these challenges is the shortage of good human resource and top-class academic and research institutions in the South,” he explained terming universities as an important platform for cultivating practices for innovation and the implementation on SDGs.

Dr. Zaidi considered Comsats University and other Centres of Excellence spreading in three continents important tools for Comsats’ relevant efforts.

He said that as the torch bearer of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in science and technology, the Comsats has been working for sustainable development in the South even before the SDGs were adopted.

“We are facilitating the strengthening of linkages among the developing countries for the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge,” the Comsats Executive Director asserted.

In his address, HEC Chairperson Dr. Tariq Banuri endorsed the existence of challenges as bottlenecks towards achieving sustainable development in Pakistan. He stressed the need for evaluating the kind of knowledge our universities are giving to students in addition to providing an encouraging environment for the promotion of innovations.

He acknowledged that Pakistan is facing problems in achieving the sustainable development. However, he called for joint and concerted efforts on the part of universities could help a lot in achieving these goals.

UN Resident Coordinator, Neil Buhne, also spoke on the occasion.

Prominent names from Pakistan and abroad delivered key note addresses on the occasion. These included

Prof. Dr. John Thwaites, Chair of Climate Works Australia; Dr Max Paoli, Programme Coordinator, TWAS, Italy; and Dr. Adil Najam, Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, USA, also spoke on the occasion.

Dr. John Thwaites highlighted the usefulness of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in fostering university linkages within the framework of North-South cooperation.

Dr. Max Paoli emphasized the need for awareness, knowledge and understanding of sustainability and to develop a more responsible attitude towards the planet through knowledge.

Total three technical sessions were also arranged in the later part of the event.

The panel comprised renowned experts from Pakistan; Dr. Sania Nishtar, Heartfile, Pakistan; Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms, Pakistan; Prof. Abdul Aziz Irfan Mufti, UET Peshawer, Shaoib Sultan, Chairperson Rural Support Programmes Network; Dr. Abid Suleri, SDPI; Ali Tauqeer Shiekh, LEAD, Pakistan; Dr. Khalid Riaz, COMSATS University; Dr. Asma Hyder, Member Planning Commission; Dr. Umer Saif, UNESCO Chair for ICTD; Dr. Orkun HASEKOLU, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBTAK); and Prof. Masoom Yasin Zai from International Islamic University.

The panelists spoke on various aspects of promotion and advocacy of SDGs, SDGs Implementation: Perspectives of Education, Research and Development, and Frontier Technologies: Scientific Institutions driving Innovation. Their views helped raised interest of the participants who asked a number of pertinent questions.

Dr. Arshad Ali closed the event with his closing remarks and vote of thanks.

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UIT offers discount to PEC engineers for signing up courses

The Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) and Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which UIT will offer a 20% discount on the total fee of the course to all engineers registered with the council.

Under the agreement, the institute will offer the discount on courses the engineers sign up to study at the institute till June 2019. The engineers will only get discount on showing their registration card issued by the council.

The discount offer is only available for the courses offered under the umbrella of Continuing Education Program Department of UIT

According to the agreement, UIT will bear the discount while PEC will promote the joint offer through its official website, social media or any other medium.

UIT is affiliated with NED University of Engineering and Technology, Department of Continuing Education Program (CEP).

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